JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme Food and Agriculture Group, June 2011

Photo of JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme participants

The Japan Foundation has conducted the "East Asia Future Leaders Programme" under the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme from 2007 to 2012.

It is a short-term exchange scheme which specifically targets young intellectuals and practitioners of particular activities aged up to 35 years in East Asia. Each program focuses on a specific theme and emphasizes a series of discussions on thematic issues common to the region, and interaction with Japanese experts and citizens with specific backgrounds.

Promising youths from the relevant fields with the related expertise expected to become the leaders of the next generation visit Tokyo and other localities, sharing every moment of study tour program together and nurturing a bond among the members. The program aims at developing mutual understanding and building networks among the 16 participating countries including Japan, a host country.

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Food and Agriculture Group: Agriculture in the 21st Century

24 youths from the 13 countries were invited to Japan and 26 including 2 of Japan participated in the program. Those who actively involved in issues and policies surrounding food, agriculture and farming village in the fields of NGOs, academia and educations, public administrations, and media spent 12 days together and fostered solidarity.
The young leaders of each country visited Kunneppu, Betsukai, and Nakashibetsu in Hokkaido prefecture, as an example of sustainable agriculture, and exchanged their views with the counterparts in Japan.

Program Period

June 9 to June 20, 2011

List of Participants

Country Name Institution
Brunei Siti Maralini, Binti Haji Aliamat Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources
Brunei Azlina, Binti Mohd Ali Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources
Cambodia Sreng, Rithy Ministry of Agriculture
Cambodia Chea, Vannarith Ministry of Water Resource and Meteoroogy
Indonesia Ratu Putri, Ramanti Ministry of Agriculture
Indonesia Sudirman BAPPEDA, West Nusa Tenggara Province
Laos Vanmanivong, Pany Mobilisation and Improvement (NORMAI)
Laos Inthalangsee, Bouthsakhone Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Malaysia Wan Mohammad Zukarnain, Bin Baharudin Department of Agriculture
Malaysia Syed Zulkifli Bin Syed Zainulabidin Department of Veterinary Services
Myanmar Naw Diana, Htoo Kainnari Food Industries & Myanmar Dairy Industries Ltd
Myanmar Tin Tun Oo Manmar Livestock Federation
Philippines Johnny Tiwatiw, Masiong La Trinidad Organic Practitioners Multi-Purpose Cooperative (La Top MPC)
Philippines Jamias, Lily Dangla Cordillera Green Network
Thailand Limpacuptathavon, Nakorn Suan Nguen Mee Ma Company (Garden of Fruition)
Thailand Phitakwatchara, Yavittha Healthy Public Policy Foundation
Vietnam Nguyen Van, Nhuan Centre for Sustainable Rural Development
Vietnam Tran Thi Thu, Phuong Graduate School, Hanoi University of Agriculture
India Harshvardhan UNDP(United Nations Development Program)
India Patidar, Naveen Kumar Aga Khan Rural Support Programme
India Boga, Vishwasree Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty
Australia Guest, Kelly Robyn Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
China Wang Junfeng China Center for Urban Development
Korea Park, Seyeon Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology
Japan Yusuke Sakai Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Japan Asuka Ishibashi Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology


Date Program
June 9 (Thu) Arrival
June 10 (Fri) Program Orientation
Lecture: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Welcome Reception
June 11 (Sat) Keynote Lecture by Program Advisor
Participants’ Presentation & Sharing
June 12(Sun) Leave Tokyo for Hokkaido
Okhotsk Drift Ice Museum
June 13 (Mon) Courtesy Visit: Kunneppu Town, Conclusive Lecture by Mayor KIKUCHI
Lecture: Agricultural Cooperative Association KITAMIRAI
Lecture: Kitami Agricultural Experiment Station
Field Visit: Vegetable Farmers (Potatoes and Onions)
Leave Kunneppu for Lake Akan, Staying at Japanese Style Inn
June 14 (Tue) Lake Akan, Ainu Traditional Dance
Leave Akan for Betsukai
Lecture: Hokkaido Government Nemuro Agricultural Extension Center & Agricultural Cooperative Association DOTO ASAHI
June 15 (Wed) Field Visit: Mitomo Dairy Farm
Workshop by Assoc. Prof. Nomura, Hokkaido University of Education Kushiro Campus
Discussion with My Pace Farming Exchange Farmers
June 16 (Thu) Lecture: Notsuke Fisheries Cooperative Association
Planting Trees
Notsuke Peninsula Boat and Todowara Walk
Experience: Farm Stay
June 17 (Fri) Exchange: My Pace Farming Exchange at Moritaka Dairy Farm
June 18 (Sat) Observation & Briefing: Konsen Agricultural Experiment Station
Final Group Presentation
Farewell Exchange Party
Leave Hokkaido for Tokyo
June 19 (Sun) Tea Ceremony at Hamarikyu Garden
Farewell Dinner
June 20 (Mon) Departure


『Food and Agriculture Group: Agriculture in the 21st Century』

The report book includes the overview of the study tour, keynote lecture of the program advisor Dr. Yukihiko Asaoka, and post-program reports of the participants.

  • Published by: The Japan Foundation
  • Date: October 2011
  • ISBN: 978-4-87540-145-2
  • A4 format, English (Partially Japanese), Not for Sale
JENESYS Programme
  • *This is a part of JENESYS (Japan - East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) Programme.
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